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    The heavy metal guitarist Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott, 38, and three others were killed in a Columbus, Ohio, nightclub on Wednesday night by a man who charged on to the stage and shot at the band and crowd before being shot dead himself by a police officer.

    The gunman had a hostage in a headlock and appeared to be preparing to kill him when the officer, who had been on patrol nearby, shot him, the police spokesman, Sergeant Brent Mull, said.

    The hostage was not hurt, but two other people were taken to hospital, where one was reported to be in intensive care and the other in a stable condition.

    The police identified the dead gunman as Nathan Gale, 25, of Marysville, 25 miles north-west of Columbus. They said they had no information about a motive or any connection to Abbott or his band, Damageplan.

    A witness, Chris Couch, said Damageplan had just begun their first song at the Alrosa Villa club when the gunman climbed on to the stage, started yelling, and shot Abbott five or six times, point-blank .

    Sgt Mull said some witnesses reported hearing an accusation about Abbott breaking up his former band, the thrash-rock pioneer Pantera, but it was not known whether the speaker was the gunman or a fan.

    Mr Couch, 22, said the man was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and was followed by a bouncer and another club employee.

    After shooting Abbott he shot a bouncer who had pulled him off the musician, then fired into the audience of more than 250 as they fled towards the exit, Sgt Mull said.

    The police said two of the others killed were Nathan Bray, 23, and Erin Halk, 29. The name of the fifth was being withheld until relatives had been told.

    Mr Couch said he believed the gunman had a plan. "It was definitely a grudge. It was against something," he said.

    Sgt Mull said he believed there was amateur video in which the police could look for clues, but added: "We may never know a motive for this, unless he left a note."

    Damageplan's debut album, New Found Power, which was released in February by Elektra, was produced by Abbott and his drummer brother Vinnie Paul Abbott. The other band members are the vocalist Patrick Lachman and the bassist Bob Zilla.

    The brothers had previously been members of Pantera, whose popularity soared in the early 1990s.

    The shooting happened exactly 24 years after John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York apartment building by a deranged fan.

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    Very Very sad...

    This hits close to home for me. I've seen Pantera live twice and Damage Plan just this year.

    I've been a huge fan of Pantera and Dime for quite a while now. They have been a HUGE part of my training regimen, seriously. I can always count on them to push me in the gym.

    I have all of their cd's since 1990 and all their home videos on dvd. Dimebag was the coolest. He loved his fans dearly and was very down to earth. When I was in the front row at a Pantera concert about 4 yrs ago, he threw his guitar pic to me...I still have it.

    Best damn metal guitarist probably ever...and will probably always be the best ever. He did amazing things with a guitar.

    RIP dime.

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